FORGOTTEN BOOKS #148: MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS Edited by Thomas Godfrey, Illustrated by Gahan Wilson

In the spirit of the season I’m offering up this classic Christmas mystery collection: Murder for Christmas with some great Gahan Wilson illustrations. The variety in this collection should appeal to the most jaded mystery reader. It’s a nice mix of the familiar and not-so-familiar. Plenty of copies are available for a pittance on the Internet. Happy Holidays!
Back for Christmas / John Collier
Mr. Big / Woody Allen
The adventure of the blue carbuncle / Arthur Conan Doyle
The adventure of the Christmas pudding / Agatha Christie
Dancing Dan’s Christmas / Damon Runyon
Cambric tea / Marjorie Bowen
Death on Christmas eve / Stanley Ellin
A Christmas tragedy / Baroness Orczy
Silent night / Baynard Kendrick
The stolen Christmas box / Lillian de la Torre
A chaparral Christmas gift / O. Henry
Dealth on the air / Ngaio Marsh
Inspector Ghote and the miracle baby / H.R.F. Keating
Maigret’s Christmas / Georges Simenon
To be taken with a grain of salt / Charles Dickens
The adventure of the Dauphin’s doll / Ellery Queen
Markheim / Robert Louis Stevenson
The necklace of pearls / Dorothy L. Sayers
Blind man’s hood / Carter Dickson
Christmas is for cops / Edward D. Hoch
The thieves who couldn’t help sneezing / Thomas Hardy
The case is altered / Margery Allingham
Christmas party / Rex Stout
The flying stars / G.K. Chesterton
Mother’s milk / James Mines
Ring out, wild bells / D.B. Wyndham Lewis

4 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN BOOKS #148: MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS Edited by Thomas Godfrey, Illustrated by Gahan Wilson

  1. Todd Mason

    Remarkable number of FFB choices I’ve read or at least looked at over the years this week. Very thoughtful of everyone…a pretty solid, eclectic antho, I’ve thought (though I think Gahan Wilson could’ve done a better job if allowed to edit as well as illustrate it)…

    1. george Post author

      This collection also includes some of Gahan Wilson’s illustrations with the stories, Todd. I’m sure Gahan would have made other story choices.


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